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Posted on June 23, 2014 | Permalink

Invasive Catch

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

Got out on Mattawoman Creek June 21 at 5 o'clock to fish for snakehead and got six of them by 1:30pm. All caught on topwater by rod n reel.

Tags: Invasive, Invasives, Northern Snakehead

Posted on August 13, 2013 | Permalink

Small Mattawoman Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

Went to Mattawoman Creek today for snakeheads and pulled one small snakehead from deep within the lily pads.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on August 12, 2013 | Permalink

Kayak Fishing for Snakeheads

Type: Tidal
Region: South
Location: Mattawoman and Bumpy Oak

Took the kayak out to catch snakeheads at Mattawoman Creek and caught three, the biggest being 24 inches. Then I went over to Bumpy Oak Pond for a few casts and caught a little 16 incher with a spine deformation.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on August 8, 2013 | Permalink

Egg Filled Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I went to Mattawoman Creek for snakeheads, caught a lot of bass and lost a few snakeheads before landing this 25 incher. She was full of eggs.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Bass

Posted on July 31, 2013 | Permalink

NEW REPORT

Mattawoman Snakehead Action

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I went to Mattawoman Creek today for more snakehead action and caught this 15 incher.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on July 25, 2013 | Permalink

Fried Snakehead for Dinner

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mattawoman Creek

I went to Mattawoman Creek today to catch snakeheads from my kayak, and caught this 30 incher. She was full of eggs and had a fish in her belly. Made some great fried fish for dinner outta this big fish.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on July 23, 2013 | Permalink

Tasty Mallows Bay Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I went to Mallows Bay with my kayak to target my first snakehead. Using a buzz bait the whole day, I caught five bass and eventually my first snakehead. He was 25 inches and tasted amazing.

Tags: Northern Snakehead, Bass

Posted on July 18, 2013 | Permalink

I'm Acquiring a Snakehead Addiction

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Mallows Bay

I went back to Mallows Bay to catch snakeheads. I used a ribbit frog as topwater to get this 27 inch snakehead. This fish fought like crazy and towed my kayak about 15 yards while ripping off line. I got two nice fillets off this bad boy. I'm now addicted to targeting this fish for its great fight and taste.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on June 7, 2013 | Permalink

What's Best Way to Catch a Snakehead?

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I recently went to the Potomac River to catch Snakeheads by the chain bridge and saw a few nice Snakeheads come up for air but didn't catch any, only Bass. I've been told they are aggressive feeders but everyone I spoke to on the water said you need to snag them. Am I wasting time with things like buzz baits? And is it legal to use large treble hooks to snag Snakeheads?

DNR Response: Buzz baits can work too, or most tackle. The anglers log itself is full of great info on catching Snakehead, just search "Snakehead." I've also got a report that summarizes how anglers have had success catching Snakehead. I don't know of any gear restriction for catching Snakehead, as long as its legal tackle. Snagging a Snakehead probably works as well as using a gaff or spear or bow and arrow.

Tags: Northern Snakehead

Posted on January 9, 2013 | Permalink

Winter Fishing For Smallmouth

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Monocacy and Potomac River

I've been fishing the Potomac River a lot lately for smallmouth bass despite the cold weather, and I'm wondering about other good spots, and species to target. Im usually fishing below the mouth of Monocacy. I also saw the post of the 40 inch Muskie that was caught by Edwards Ferry, Is this usual or just one in a million?

DNR Response: Depending on river conditions, catching smallmouth bass during the winter can be very good or really tough. Smallmouth are generally inactive at river temperatures below 37F, though some can still be caught with slow presentations. Look for areas that have ledges to break the current or a series of underwater ledges and boulders. Higher water levels will push bass, as well as other species, to shoreline and island eddies. Fish will also take advantage of the warm water discharge at the Dickerson Power Plant. The warm water influence is noticeable for many miles downstream.

Other river species such as walleye and muskie remain fairly active even at very cold temperatures and are popular winter targets. Muskie are frequently referred to as "the fish of 1,000 casts" as it usually takes many hours of effort to catch one. Experienced Potomac River muskie anglers will average one muskie for every 12 hours of fishing. Although muskie are more abundant in the western stretches of the Potomac, they are becoming more common in the stretch between the Monocacy and Seneca.

Walleye are found throughout the upper Potomac with the strongest population occurring from Dam 5 downstream to Point of Rocks. Making upstream movements during the winter and early spring prior to spawning, walleye become concentrated below major barriers and ledges. They can be caught on crankbaits and small jigs. To protect the large females during the spring concentrations, a 20" maximum size was established on the Potomac between January 1 and April 16. The 15" minimum size is in effect year round (check regulations for details).

Tags: smallmouth bass, walleye, muskie

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